What Happens When A Young Woman Travels Alone? Ask Leah!

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Jovago Pakistan recently got the opportunity to interview Leah, a female travel blogger from U.S.A.

She has also contributed to Jovago’s expert roundup post on destinations that are perfect for women traveling alone.

Here is the detailed intevriew with Leah.

Let us start with a formal introduction. Who is Leah Davis?

Leah Davis is a native to Washington state who has been living and working overseas for the last 5 years, first as an English teacher and now as a location independent social media consultant and travel blogger.

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She’s passionate about experiencing other cultures by traveling slowly and living like a local would.  She also loves coffee, wine, and a good sea or mountain view.

How and when you developed interest for traveling?

I knew I wanted to travel as early as my teenage years, but I didn’t get to experience it until after I graduated from university when I took a 3-week trip to Australia with my best friend.

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After that, I was hooked and knew I had to live in another country, preferably much different from my own.  That’s how I decided to live in Thailand and teach English, and I haven’t stopped exploring since.

How you plan and manage your finances for traveling?

I’m not much of a planner, to be honest.

I earn money as a social media manager and consultant and increasingly through my travel blog as well, and I travel frugally by staying in each destination longer, doing my sightseeing by foot, and cooking most meals for myself.

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I also earn travel rewards with my credit card, which helps offset the cost of flights and other transportation.

What is that triggers you to travel to an entirely new destination?

I don’t always know why certain destinations draw me in.

Maybe a friend told me about it, I saw amazing pictures or there is a certain activity there that I want to participate in (for example, I’m currently thinking of going back to Costa Rica because I know there is a big yoga culture there and I want to explore that).

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Sometimes I just want to eat the food or practice the language!

While visiting a new destination what two things do you love to explore the most?

I like to find hole-in-the-wall restaurants that only locals know about.

They are usually cheaper and the food is always amazing.  I also like to find the best viewpoint in the city, whether it’s from the top of a building or I have to hike a hill to get there.

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How do you plan your destinations?

I don’t do much planning, I go with the flow and see where it takes me.

Getting recommendations from other travelers is one of my favorite things to do.

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Do you have any funny travel stories?

Many of them!  One of my favorites is the time I surprised my friends with my salsa dancing skills during Carnival in Colombia.

I had been living in the country for a few months and they had no idea I had such fancy moves!

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Have you had any bad experiences whilst traveling?

Yes, unfortunately this comes with the territory.

I’ve been scammed out of money in airports, ripped off by cab drivers, and groped on crowded buses.

But, at the end of the day, none of that outweighs the positive experiences that come from travel and thankfully nothing has left me seriously harmed.

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How do you manage when interacting with people without speaking their language?

Lots of hand motions, pointing, and a huge smile!

Which destination you felt is not actually like you had imagined before?

The Canary Islands of Spain were nothing like I imagined.

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They are barren volcanic islands composed of desert and rocks!  I was expecting more green and palm trees (okay, there were some palm trees).

Any 3 money saving tips you would like to share while traveling?

Stay in places that have a kitchen and cook your own meals, take public transportation instead of taxis, and do free activities like hanging out in parks or going to public museums.

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What do you like the most about traveling?

Meeting new and interesting people, hearing their stories, and learning about their culture.

What do you dislike about traveling?

How tired it can make me feel after a long day of buses, planes and trains.

What do you take back from your expeditions?

Typically just photos and good stories—I don’t really buy souvenirs unless I want to bring gifts back for family and friends.

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Your trips low on the pocket or you like to make it extravagant?

It depends on the trip but usually I travel frugally.  Every once in awhile, it’s nice to splurge on a nice hotel room or a fancy dinner.

Did you ever think of traveling to Pakistan?

Pakistan is a place I know very little about, but I would keep an open mind about traveling there in the future.

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What is Pakistan’s current perception in International travelers and international travel blogger’s community?

Pakistan hasn’t been on most people’s radar as a travel destination in recent years, probably because of travel advisories issued by the US and other governments and the perception of security issues in the region.

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If you are interested to read Leah’s travel stories you can visit her blog www.thesweetestway.com.

Images Source: The Sweetest Way

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